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Magazine Art

Magazines shaped our lives, and the rest is history.

The great illustrators of the period 1850-1950 had a tremendous influence on us and the rest of the world. One of the most popular ways they presented their work was as the cover art for the mass and specialist magazines that were published under thousands of titles and in millions and millions of copies. We know today of Norman Rockwell and Maxfield Parrish, but there were hundreds and thousands of other artists whose work is now forgotten except by collectors and specialists. Some have been honored by art books about their work, but most are now simply unknown to the general public.

One reason for this undeserved obscurity is that their work is quite difficult to find. Bound volumes of these magazines, both in libraries and in the hands of private collectors, usually do not include the covers, for reasons we today find hard to imagine. You must look for individual copies of these magazines, sold as collector's items and available in variable condition. Old magazines turn up regularly on eBay and in shops, but they are expensive, and it is difficult to find, analyze, and store them in one's home. Hence MagazineArt.org.

We scan and photograph magazine covers from this era: as many as we can find, of whatever subject matter. The only requirement is that the issue must -have- a cover design. We prefer the ones that change from issue to issue, but we'll record them even if they simply list the contents of the magazine. We've had images donated, and we've picked them up where we can. At this time we have thousands of them, many of them suitable for display but all requiring some processing in Photoshop before they are presentable.

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We date this guide to 1922, based on the ads for two Gernsback magazines on the back cover. Complete diagrams and construction data, by R. Lacault, associate editor, RADIO NEWS. Note that this was published by the Electro Importing Co., Gernsback's radio business. Source: Magazine collector Steve Davis Restoration by: magscanner
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Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Gernsback's Other Radio Titles, transmitter, receiver, old-time...
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Topics: Health and Fitness Magazines, Your Body, a Gernsback magazine about health, magazine covers,...
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Topics: Weekly Magazines, Collier's, The National Weekly, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
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Topics: Weekly Magazines, Collier's, The National Weekly, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
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Topics: Weekly Magazines, Collier's, The National Weekly, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
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- Clark Hobart
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Woman paddling canoe in lake with lots of lily pads and flowers. In the background a man is also paddling a canoe, in her direction. Artist: Clark Hobart Source: eBay seller daysoffuturepast, who also sells printed materials from her personal website. Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Monthly Magazines, Burr McIntosh Monthly Magazine, Summer, water, pond, romance
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Topics: Monthly Magazines, Everybody's Magazine, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art,...
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Topics: Weekly Magazines, Collier's, The National Weekly, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
For needlework and textile painting, hot iron transfers. You know you need them. Each one transfers two, three, or more times. Published in a 1947 issue of WOMAN'S DAY. Artist: Source: Anonymous contributor Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Advertising Art in Magazines, Clothing and Fashions, Cloth and Fabric, Materials, Components, and...
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Source: Magazine collector Steve Davis Image Restoration: magscanner
Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Popular Radio, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
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- Joseph cummings Chase
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Artist: Joseph cummings Chase Source: Magazine collector Steve Davis Image Restoration: magscanner Our Sponsors:
Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Popular Radio, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
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- Frederick G. Cooper
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Artist: Frederick G. Cooper Source: eBay seller tchr_resource Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Wireless Age, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
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- Frederick G. Cooper
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Artist: Frederick G. Cooper Source: eBay seller delkel41 Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Wireless Age, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
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- Frederick G. Cooper
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Artist: Frederick G. Cooper Source: eBay seller luckyradio Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Wireless Age, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
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- Frederick G. Cooper
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Different version of the same concept. Artist: Frederick G. Cooper Source: eBay Sellers Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Wireless Age, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
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- Frederick G. Cooper
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Artist: Frederick G. Cooper Source: eBay seller meradio Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Wireless Age, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
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Do you like the new name? The results must have been inconclusive, because they kept both the old one and the new one. Source: Magazine collector Steve Davis Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Wireless Age, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
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Source: Magazine collector Steve Davis Image Processing by: magscanner Our Sponsors:
Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Popular Radio, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
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Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Radio-Craft, a Gernsback technical magazine, magazine covers,...
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A huge steam locomotive looms over a rank of other locos, including diesel and electric. "Different -- but symbols of the same idea." Little sidebars attract your notice. Published in an unidentified magazine in 1936. Artist: Source: eBay seller PeriodPaper Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Advertising Art in Magazines, Travel and Transportation, Railroads and Railroad Lines, magazine...
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Topics: Weekly Magazines, Collier's, The National Weekly, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
Magazine Art
- F. Luis Mora
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Nurse and boy guide a smiling injured war veteran up to the top of the hill and show him that all is now at peace, and the war is over. Artist: F. Luis Mora Source: ebay seller powerangers Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Monthly Magazines, Red Cross Magazine, peacetime, delivery, recovery, happiness, freedom, world war...
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Topics: Weekly Magazines, Collier's, The National Weekly, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
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Topics: Health and Fitness Magazines, Physical Culture, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
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Topics: Health and Fitness Magazines, Physical Culture, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
Magazine Art: Food and Beverages
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Ad for General Foods' Post Toasties, from the September, 1937 issue of COUNTRY GENTLEMAN.
Topics: Advertising Art in Magazines, Food and Beverages, Breakfast!, magazine covers, vintage magazines,...
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Woman in riding clothes, sidesaddle down the bridle path, accompanied by her dog. Artist: Source: Mariangela Buch Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Women's Magazines, People's Home Journal, exercise, pets, rounds, fresh air
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Artist: Source: eBay seller ThomasC at American Art Archives, which also has its own wonderful website about American illustrators
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Liberty, A Weekly for Everybody, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
Magazine Art: Personal and Human Aspects
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Before your baby comes your teeth must be watched as never before. A dental health angle on a cleansing mouthwash. Published in the June, 1931 issue of GOOD HOUSEKEEPING. Source: Mariangela Buch Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Advertising Art in Magazines, Personal and Human Aspects, Personal Niceness, bad breath, dentistry,...
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- Guernsey Moore
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Eighteenth-century man with long clay pipe stands on the other side of a masonry wall. "The Making of a Statesman," by Joel Chandler Harris; "The Real Feelings of the Filipinos Toward American Rule," by Senator Augustus O. Bacon. Artist: Guernsey Moore Source: the Antique Paper Shop Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Saturday Evening Post, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art,...
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Topics: Monthly Magazines, Hearst's Magazine, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art, vintage...
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- Charles E. Rubino
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Rosemary Lane Artist: Charles E. Rubino Source: Al Girard Restoration by: Al Girard
Topics: Movies, TV, and Radio Magazines, Radio Guide, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art,...
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Wayne King, with a crown. Artist: Source: Robert, KD4HSH Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Movies, TV, and Radio Magazines, Radio Stars, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art,...
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- Livingston
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Portrait of Jessica Dragonette, NBC, N.Y. Content: Radio Fans Ballot for Beauty Queen. Artist: Livingston Source: Al Girard Restoration by: Al Girard
Topics: Movies, TV, and Radio Magazines, Radio Digest, broadcasting, news, song, announcing
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- Charles Sheldon
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Portrait of Betty Council. Content: "Beauty Unseen Wins Anyway," and items on Vincent Lopez, Frazier Hunt, and Dean Archer. Artist: Charles Sheldon Source: Al Girard Restoration by: Al Girard
Topics: Movies, TV, and Radio Magazines, Radio Digest, contest, music, dance, band
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Madame Ernestine Schumann-Heink Source: Al Girard Restoration by: Al Girard
Topics: Movies, TV, and Radio Magazines, Radio Guide, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art,...
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- Charles E. Rubino
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Jean Dickenson, ex-"Hollywood Hotel" star Artist: Charles E. Rubino Source: Al Girard Restoration by: Al Girard
Topics: Movies, TV, and Radio Magazines, Radio Guide, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art,...
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- Charles E. Rubino
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Bernice Claire, of "Waltz Time" Artist: Charles E. Rubino Source: Al Girard Restoration by: Al Girard
Topics: Movies, TV, and Radio Magazines, Radio Guide, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art,...
Magazine Art
- Earl Christy
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Gladys Swarthout. Will they kill Winchell? Artist: Earl Christy Source: Al Girard Restoration by: Al Girard
Topics: Movies, TV, and Radio Magazines, Radio Stars, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art,...
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Eddie Cantor. "What Chance Have You in Radio?" Artist: Source: Robert, KD4HSH Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Movies, TV, and Radio Magazines, Radio Stars, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art,...
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Artist: Source: unclecrickey Restoration: Unrestored
Topics: Western Pulps, Western Story Magazine, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art, vintage...
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A giant industry -- the meats we eat. The slaughtered and packed articles. The animals on the hoof. Source: Steve Kirch, creator of a wonderful website about SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN in the past Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Scientific American, magazine covers, vintage magazines,...
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- H. G. Williamson
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Young man and older man having an unhappy conversation. "The Second Generation," a novel by David Graham Phillips. Artist: H. G. Williamson Source: eBay seller daysoffuturepast, who also sells printed materials from her personal website. Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Monthly Magazines, Success, family, relationships, relatives, age
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Topics: Monthly Magazines, Everybody's Magazine, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art,...
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The Bear mascot, Oski, goes on ice. With hockey stick and pads, but no mask. Artist: Source: MagazineArt.org Physical Archives Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Specialized Magazines, College Magazines, California Monthly, magazine covers, vintage magazines,...
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Artist: Source: unclecrickey Restoration: Partial
Topics: Western Pulps, Exciting Western, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art, vintage...
Published in the December, 1893 issue of NORTH AMERICAN REVIEW. Artist: Source: MagazineArt.org Physical Archives Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Advertising Art in Magazines, Art, Film, Book, Movie, and Magazine Ads, Book Ads: Fiction, magazine...
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- Clyde E. Darr
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Artist: Clyde E. Darr Source: Magazine collector Steve Davis Image Processing by: magscanner Our Sponsors:
Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, QST, the Ham Radio magazine from the A.R.R.L., magazine covers,...
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Shepherd watches over his flock; overhead, a million stars shine in the rural sky. Artist: Source: ebay seller powerangers Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Monthly Magazines, American Legion Magazine, peace, meditation, care, watch, protect, thinking
Magazine Art: Food and Beverages
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Wake up with a bounce! Leap out of bed, all because you drank Ovaltine just before going to bed. Helps you sleep soundly, and provides food elements and vitamins. Published in a 1946 issue of WOMAN'S DAY. Artist: Source: Anonymous contributor Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Advertising Art in Magazines, Food and Beverages, Soft Drinks, Non-Alcoholic, magazine covers,...
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Topics: Weekly Magazines, Collier's, The National Weekly, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
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Topics: Monthly Magazines, Everybody's Magazine, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art,...
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Artist: Source: University of California Libraries Restoration: partial
Topics: Travel and Regional Magazines, Four-Track News, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
Magazine Art: Food and Beverages
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Little rabbits hop around and steal food from a farm's pumpkin patch, lit by the full moon. Cascade is "Mellow as Moonlight" in this ad, published in the December 19, 1912 issue of LIFE, the Humor Magazine. Artist: Source: Mariangela Buch Restoration by: Mariangela Buch
Topics: Advertising Art in Magazines, Food and Beverages, Spirits, harvest, haystacks, farmstead, night,...
Magazine Art: Household Items
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Even pups know it's got liver in it! Check out these dalmations. Published in a 1949 issue of WOMAN'S DAY. Even pups know it's got liver in it! Check out these dalmations. Artist: Source: Anonymous contributor Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Advertising Art in Magazines, Household Items, Pets and Pet Accessories, magazine covers, vintage...
Ad listing new books from Lippincot, leading off with two books of French interest. This ad was published in the November, 1926 issue of THE AMERICAN MERCURY. Artist: Source: MagazineArt.org Physical Archives Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Advertising Art in Magazines, Art, Film, Book, Movie, and Magazine Ads, Book Ads: Non-Fiction,...
Magazine Art: Travel and Transportation
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This summer "go abroad" by train...to Mexico. See both fairs. Cocoanut Island, Mazatlan. Published in the June, 1940 issue of CALIFORNIA MONTHLY. Artist: Source: MagazineArt.org Physical Archives Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Advertising Art in Magazines, Travel and Transportation, Railroads and Railroad Lines, magazine...
Magazine Art: Food and Beverages
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Seedless black raspberry jam, in large jars just as your grandmother made after she painstakingly removed each and every seed from the berries. You never knew how much she loved you! Or maybe you did. Relive those days. Published in a 1948 issue of WOMAN'S DAY. Artist: Source: Anonymous contributor Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Advertising Art in Magazines, Food and Beverages, Jellies, Jams, Preserves, and Spreads, magazine...
Magazine Art
- Jay Hyde Barnum
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Snooty child, in stroller pushed by snooty woman, sniffs and ignores a sidewalk salesman trying to sell her a wooden climbing toy. Content: "Bottle Post," by Gouverneur Morris. Artist: Jay Hyde Barnum Source: eBay seller daysoffuturepast, who also sells printed materials from her personal website. Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Collier's, The National Weekly, walking, pram, class, wealth, indifference, cut...
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- Robert O. Reid
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Man trying to make time with woman as they sit out under a solar umbrella on a beach or back yard, but she seems not to be paying too much attention to him. Content: "Take It and Like It," by George Agnew Chamberlain. Artist: Robert O. Reid Source: eBay seller daysoffuturepast, who also sells printed materials from her personal website. Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Collier's, The National Weekly, romance, refusal, indifference, enthusiasm,...
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Topics: Weekly Magazines, Collier's, The National Weekly, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
Magazine Art
- W. Morgan
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Artist: W. Morgan Source: Jeff Kaylin Image Processing by: magscanner
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Collier's, The National Weekly, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
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Topics: Monthly Magazines, Hearst's Magazine, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art, vintage...
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Topics: Monthly Magazines, Hearst's Magazine, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art, vintage...
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Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Modern Electrics, the first Gernsback popular technical magazine,...
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Artist: Source: millionmagazines
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Harper's Weekly, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art, vintage...
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- J. C. Fitzpatrick
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Artist: J. C. Fitzpatrick Source: Bill Yarnall Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Youth, Children, and Kids' Magazines, American Boy, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
Chessie the cat was a popular mascot for the line, but this ad teeters dangerously close to self-parody. The three cats on the right are not identical; they only look that way at first glance. Published in an unidentified magazine in 1935 Artist: Source: eBay seller PeriodPaper Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Advertising Art in Magazines, Travel and Transportation, Railroads and Railroad Lines, magazine...
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Topics: Weekly Magazines, Collier's, The National Weekly, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
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Topics: Weekly Magazines, Collier's, The National Weekly, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
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Topics: Weekly Magazines, Collier's, The National Weekly, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
Magazine Art
- Penrhyn Stanlaws
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Woman in floral blouse and black hat with red ribbon stands in front of a large clock reading 5:00 p.m. E. Phillips Oppenheim has a new story with a new detective, Sir Jasper Slane. Artist: Penrhyn Stanlaws Source: Charles Perrien Restoration by: Charles Perrien
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Collier's, The National Weekly, time, hour, appointment